Brookfield gas station site will be remediated

BROOKFIELD — The first step toward reclaiming an abandoned gasoline station and returning the commercial property back to a useful state should be taken Tuesday.

It’s when a crew is planned to be at 920 Irvine St. to start demolition, underground tank removal and environmental cleanup of the former Fuel Express. A grant for $250,000 from the Ohio Development Services Agency will pay for the entire project.

The station has three underground tanks, a building, a canopy and four pumps that will be removed. Soil that had fuel leaching into it from the tanks over the years will be remediated, and the site will be monitored into the future “to ensure the site is clear of environmental hazards in the soil,” said Shawn Carvin, Trumbull County Land Bank program director with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership.

Sam Lamancusa, Trumbull County treasurer and land bank board president, said the grant “provides the resources needed to remove a longtime blighted gas station on a main thoroughfare between Youngstown and Warren, and allows for the future development of the site.”

This will be the second abandoned gasoline station property fixed by the land bank with state grant dollars.

The land bank in 2017 received $350,000 from the state to remove two underground tanks, remediate the soil and demolish structures at the former McQuaid’s gasoline station in downtown Girard.

It is now vacant, cleaned and available for redevelopment as part of the land bank’s commercial property inventory. The land bank plans to ask for proposals for the site — 0.17 acres of commercially zoned property — to try to “find a suitable, productive end use for the property,” according to a press release.

The Brookfield property, which is a half an acre, also will be made available.

Both projects, Carvin said, were picked “based on their visibility and the corridors they are on.” McQuaid’s is along busy U.S. Route 422 and Fuel Express is near busy U.S. Route 62.

“We will continue seeking these grants out for other gas stations,” Carvin said.

rselak@tribtoday.com

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